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What To Do After a Wisdom Tooth Removal

Cartoon showing a dentist, a patient and a poster with soft foods to eat after wisdom tooth removal.
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Your third set of molars are known as your wisdom teeth. Not everyone needs to have these teeth removed, but they can often damage your oral health. They might come in at an angle, crowding your other teeth, or become impacted and cause infection. Wisdom teeth removals are very common and recovery is usually fairly quick. Here are some tips for recovering after a wisdom tooth removal.


Rest is arguably the most important thing to remember after oral surgery. Take it easy the rest of the day. The next day, you can go back to your normal routine as long as it doesn’t involve strenuous activity or exercise.

Stay hydrated

Your body also needs hydration to heal. Stick with water, smoothies, or juice for the first 24 hours. Don’t drink anything alcoholic, caffeinated, or carbonated. Hot liquids should be avoided, too. For at least a week, you should not use a straw for your beverages because sucking can dislodge the blood clot. This causes a painful condition known as dry socket.

Eat soft foods

For the first 24 hours after surgery, eat only soft foods like yogurt and applesauce. After that time, you can start eating semi-soft foods, but you should avoid hard, chewy, spicy, or hot foods.

Use an ice pack and medication as directed

It’s normal to experience some swelling. Use an ice pack as directed. It’s usually ten minutes on and then ten minutes off. For pain management, we recommend over-the-counter medications. We can prescribe something stronger if necessary. Always take your pills only as directed.

After 24 hours, resume normal brushing

For the first day after surgery, don’t rinse, use mouthwash, or brush your teeth. Usually, you are okay to start brushing after the 24-hour mark, but you should be careful around the treatment area. Rinse with warm salt water as directed.

Problems? Contact Corvallis Dental Group

Some discomfort is normal after surgery, but if you experience symptoms like excessive bleeding, fever, severe pain, or excessive swelling, please contact us. We’ll diagnose the problem and get your oral health back on track!

Gentle Care in Corvallis, OR

If you or anyone in your family still has their wisdom teeth, we can let you know if they should be removed! Drs. Jason and Rose Greyslak are very experienced in wisdom teeth removal and always provide thorough aftercare instructions. Please contact Corvallis Dental Group today with any questions or to book an appointment.

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